Future Cities Catapult Vision and Scope June 2012


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Technology Strategy Board - Driving Innovation Cities are engines for innovation and growth. People in cities tend to be more productive, wealthier, better educated, and more likely to start a new business. Cities also make better use of resources.

But with populations rising, how do we plan, design and manage cities that can cope with things like pressures on resources and increased waste, while meeting carbon and climate challenges?

Future Cities describes the major economic opportunity that comes from encouraging the development of products and services that address the unmet needs of cities, now and in the future.

The Future Cities Special Interest Group is exploring the challenges and opportunities around shaping the urban environment for future generations in cities.

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Future Cities Catapult Vision and Scope June 2012

  1. 1. Future Cities CatapultVision and ScopeJune 2012Technology Strategy BoardDriving Innovation
  2. 2. 2 Future Cities Catapult Vision and ScopeVision and ScopeJune 2012Introduction of the UK’s GDP are telling us that they need By 2030 there new solutions if they are going to investThe Technology Strategy Board is establishing could be a effectively. Although this is a global challenge,a Future Cities Catapult – a world-leading no other country has yet developed a nationaltechnology and innovation centre. £200bn global centre to provide integrated solutions to the market annually future needs of cities.The Catapult will help UK businesses tocreate products and services that meet the for integrated city The market is large and growing. Over £6.5tn will be invested globally in city infrastructureneeds of the world’s cities as they adapt to systems over the next 10-15 years, and the accessiblefuture demands. market for integrated city systems isAs cities compete to deliver a thriving expected to be £200bn a year by 2030.economy and good quality of life with a The larger and more accessible market forsmaller environmental footprint, there is future cities is in retrofitting existing citiesa rapidly growing market for innovative and serving rapidly expanding cities.solutions that integrate and optimisethe major systems of a city. This includes The UK is well positioned to exploit thisa city’s health, energy, water, waste, A ‘future city’ has growing market. We have world-leadingcommunications, buildings and transport. a thriving economy companies in project management, engineering, architecture, energy and transportThe centre will focus on integration across and good quality systems, communications and the digitalthese systems. We estimate that by 2030there will be a £200bn global market annually of life with reduced economy, finance, legal and insurance. Our ability to bring together the cluster of companiesfor integrated city systems. environmental needed to design, finance, risk manage andThe Catapult will address the following footprint execute large infrastructure projects makes thechallenges: UK a major global centre for such projects.— connecting city systems to enable The UK has a world-class science and research integration and interoperability base that supports the development of innovative— increasing city density and population solutions and provides a talent pool for UK without congestion and global firms.— transitioning to resource-efficient, low-carbon cities Vision— resilient energy systems. What are Catapults? The Future Cities Catapult will help UK businessesWe invite organisations and individuals to help to develop high-value, integrated urban solutionsus to develop the detailed programme for the The Future Cities Catapult forms part and then sell those solutions to the world.Catapult. Initial contributions to feed into of the Technology Strategy Board’sdevelopment of an outline business case and £200m-plus programme to establish It will create a technical capability to achievemodel are requested by 9 July 2012. and oversee a network of technology new levels of systems integration. It will join and innovation centres. These business, city governments and academia Catapults will be drivers of sustained in a unique collaboration to enableFuture cities: economic growth, attracting substantial businesses to develop products and serviceschallenges and opportunities investment to establish world-leading for this emerging market. It will act as an capability and global impact in pre- accelerator for UK firms as they innovate toCities are a vital part of future global commercial development. meet the needs of the world’s cities. It willeconomies and are growing rapidly. But they provide both a neutral space, and the intensityare threatened by challenges including a of collaboration, that cities and firms say ischanging climate, population growth, What are ‘future cities’? currently missing.shifting demographics and resource crunches. A future city is one that can provide aWe therefore need to create integrated thriving economy and good quality of life Specific barrierscity-wide systems that maximise the benefits with a reduced environmental footprint.of major cities, whilst managing the downsides. It is able to maximise the many economic We need to overcome the specific barriers toThe complexity of the challenge facing cities is benefits of a city, often related to density innovation. These include:beyond any single business, sector or discipline, and proximity, whilst managing the — a focus on innovation in specific cityand there is strong demand for solutions in the downsides, such as congestion or waste. subsystems, such as water and energy, ratherUK and globally. Cities representing over 80% than integration.
  3. 3. 3 Future Cities Catapult Vision and Scope These silos are seen in the work of The transition to resource-efficient, businesses, the research base, and in city low-carbon cities Many major cities have government organisational structures set challenging targets for becoming more— no individual company has all the skills resource efficient and in particular for carbon necessary to deliver the requirements of Over £6.5tn will be reduction. City governments talk about the cities in the future. This is a particular problem invested globally in city importance of decoupling growth from for smaller innovative companies, but even infrastructure over the resource consumption. How should cities the largest find it difficult to build broad develop their infrastructure to enable enough collaborations to meet the challenge next 10-15 years low-carbon resource-efficient growth?— no neutral space for city governments, What levers are available to cities and how business and the knowledge base to can they be used? collaborate on new integrated solutions Resilient energy systems City leaders— solutions need to be demonstrated and are concerned that their current energy validated at scale and in use to convince infrastructure will not be able to cope with the market. Little data is available on increased population, increased demand performance in use of integrated systems from new low-carbon transport systems, and wider use of distributed and renewable— limited involvement of the social and Projected city energy supplies. New energy supply systems behavioural sciences in developing solutions that recognise cities as places population will involve new players beyond the where people live and work; placing growths of more traditional utilities. citizens at the heart of the city. than 40% are Developing innovative responses to these challenges will provide UK firms with major common opportunities globally, as they reflect theScope and initial priorities priorities of so many cities.Our extensive consultation identified thechallenges facing cities and those seeking to Capabilitiesserve cities with new technologies, productsand services. Many of them can only be tackled Supporting business to develop productsthrough focused integration across city The Future Cities Catapult programme will and services to meet these challenges willsystems, requiring cross-sector and cross- initially focus on the following challenges. require the Catapult to develop a strongdiscipline collaboration. set of capabilities including: Connecting city systems to enableThis has given us a clear scope for the integration and interoperability A key — real-time analysis and control for city systemsCatapult. The Catapult will focus on the challenge in integrating city systems is — a ‘cities observatory’ that monitorsintegration of city systems to help businesses to break through the current silos to enable multiple field trials across different citiescreate the products and services that cities multi-way communications between the — advanced modelling, data capture, datawill require in the future to meet their need systems. This means using current data analysis and visualisationfor a strong economy and excellent quality interchange standards where they exist,of life with low environmental impact. — instrumentation and communications for and developing new standards where they smart city infrastructureIt will focus initially on helping businesses do not. This will enable businesses and cities to extract and analyse information from — management, integration and analysis ofprovide solutions for retrofitting existing city systems, make decisions and act upon very large datasetscities and for rapid expansion of cities – thisis the larger and more accessible market. those decisions. — design, implementation and management Increasing city density and population of field trials and demonstration projectsThe Catapult will not work on individual without congestion Cities in both the — integrated urban design and planning forcity systems in isolation. Instead, it will work developed and developing worlds are future citieson the integration of systems, specificallyfocusing on the way they combine and expecting rapid growth in population. — understanding of consumer choice andinteract to create opportunities for better Projected population growths of more than behaviour within citiesperformance and greater value. 40% in the coming years are common. — developing new finance and insurance How can a city develop and integrate its built strategies for citiesIt will work on projects that are rooted in environment, transport, communicationsspecific, practical challenges of cities, where and other infrastructure to support that — understanding of the interaction of differentsolutions to real market needs can be level of growth without losing all the gains city governance structures, and of fundingdeveloped into investable propositions. to congestion? and executing city-wide projects.
  4. 4. 4 Future Cities Catapult Vision and ScopeRegister your interest atwww.catapult.org.uk/futurecitiesOperating principles Cities will gain opportunities to collaborate We would like to hear from companies, city with business on co-creating new solutions, governments and organisations that:The Catapult will be a centre for integration, support to become better procurers, — are interested in using the facilities andcomplementing existing academic and and pragmatic strategies for enhanced participating in the programmes of thebusiness-led centres, and will focus on cross- economic growth. centre, and/ordiscipline and cross-sector collaboration. As a centre of excellence with an — have relevant resources and capabilitiesIt will be an autonomous research and international reputation, strongly linked that could contribute to the operations ofdevelopment organisation, with its own to the knowledge base of the country, the the centre and to projects and activities.management, R&D and support staff, Catapult will help to anchor the research and We welcome input from individuals,resources and capabilities. It will be located innovation programmes of international businesses, cities, academics and otherin a single physical location, led by an and multinational companies in the UK, and interested groups to help shape theentrepreneurial director of international will strengthen the position of the UK for focus of the centre. We are not seekingstanding and overseen by a business-led inward investment in city system innovation. consortia to lead or to run the Catapult.supervisory board. It will create partnerships that would not The next stage in the creation of the FutureThe Future Cities Catapult will be: otherwise form. It will help to develop Cities Catapult is to take the vision and scope— a single centre to create intensity of standards and new ways of collaborating described here and to develop it into an collaboration across many disciplines that will accelerate the development of outline business case and business model new and commercially significant products that provides more detail on the facilities— linked to demonstration projects in cities and services. and capabilities that need to be provided, in the UK and in other countries and the financial investments required.— host to a city observatory to enable real- time data-capture, analysis and visualisation Funding We plan to complete this phase of the work by late summer 2012. linked to multiple in situ projects All Catapults will obtain their funds from a Please visit and register with the Future— linked to related Catapults including combination of core Technology Strategy Transport Systems and Connected Digital Cities Special Interest Group at www. Board support and competitively won catapult.org.uk/futurecities, where Economy, drawing on their skills and business and public sector funding. It is you will find further information on the developing joint programmes expected, when fully established, to generate Catapult and a questionnaire about the— linked strategically with relevant centres revenue broadly equally from three sources: programme and facilities. Please complete of expertise in the UK and beyond. — business-funded R&D contracts, won the questionnaire by midnight on 9 July toCollaborations between businesses, city competitively allow us to include your suggestions in thegovernments and academics to develop, deploy — national and EU collaborative applied development of the Catapult plan.and learn from new integrated city-wide R&D projects, funded jointly by The Technology Strategy Board is a business-solutions will build projects of global significance. the public and private sectors and led executive non-departmental public body,The Catapult will enter into non-exclusive won competitively established by the Government. Its role is topartnerships with businesses and work with — core public funding of up to £10m per promote and support research into, andother innovative organisations within the year for long-term investment in development and exploitation of, technologyUK and internationally. These will include infrastructure capability and the ability and innovation for the benefit of UK business,partners wishing to exploit its capabilities, to support business- led collaborative in order to increase economic growth andand partners who can bring capabilities and projects and contracts. improve quality of life.facilities to the Catapult. Join in Developing the CatapultBenefits The Technology Strategy Board is leading theThe Catapult will provide UK businesses process to establish the Future Cities Technology Strategy Boardwith a unique facility and the necessary Catapult with the support and help of the North Star Housecapabilities to develop and test new products business, city, and academic communities. North Star Avenueand services. This will include live trials, This will include drafting the initial business Swindon SN2 1UEreducing the time-to-market for new plan and appointing a leadership team, Telephone: 01793 442700integrated technologies, reducing the cost under the guidance of the Technologyand risk of pursuing new collaborative Strategy Board’s governing board, and with Helpline: 0300 321 4357 www.innovateuk.orgapproaches, and increasing understanding the help of an interim advisory groupof how to scale up city-wide solutions. appointed by the Technology Strategy Board. © Technology Strategy Board T12/061